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Laser Safety

Lasers and laser systems are classified within FDA/CDRH (Food and Drug Administration, Center for Devices and Radiological Health) regulations according to their potential to cause injury, as indicated by the laser output energy or power and wavelengths. The designated classification of a laser or laser system can be found on the laser hazard label of the instrument and in the manufacturer’s operating instructions.

Environmental Safety and Health provides safety and compliance support as well as training for those researchers who utilize lasers. ESH also maintains a registry of all class 3b and class 4 lasers. If you have purchased a new laser or have received a citation during a laboratory safety audit for an unregistered laser, please fill out a New Laser Use and Registration form and email it to esh@umbc.edu. Lasers without classification labels or lasers constructed or modified in the laboratory must be reviewed by ESH for appropriate classification.

For questions or to schedule a training, please contact ESH at esh@umbc.eduor (410) 455-2918